10 Asian movies to watch

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The International Fantasy Film Festival is my favorite beat to cover, not just because of the genre offerings, but because of the depth of Asian cinema it brings. With manga adaptations, grindhouse takes, intense action, and thrilling drama, I’ve always been blown away by the festival’s dedication to bringing Asian films to audiences who might not have the chance to see them. see otherwise. I mean some of my favorite manga adaptations haven’t been released in the US yet. This month the festival returns in person and to prepare for the exciting slate of films, I wanted to round up the 10 Asian films I’m most looking forward to seeing at the festival.

Next Sohee

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Director: July Jung
Country: South Korea

“Sohee (Kim Si-eun), a bubbly and tenacious high school student, sinks into a fatal depression when her school pushes her to work for an abusive call center. Enraged by the tragedy, Detective Yoo-jin (Bae Doona) begins a crusade against all those who exploit vulnerable adolescent girls.

ALIENOID

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Director: Choi Dong-hoon
Country: South Korea

“Alien infiltrators and a portal between modern times and medieval Korea unleash a whirlwind of blades, bullets, and brutal arcane fury! This first half of Choi Dong-hoon’s new two-part epic Blockbusters Trusted Source South Korean hits will put you on the edge of your seat.

The killer

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Director: Choi Jae-hun
Country: South Korea

“A retired assassin rediscovers his murderous instincts after the teenage girl he’s babysitting is kidnapped in this brutal and thrilling actor.”

My broken Mariko

Director: Yuki Tanada
Country: Japan

“Hirako Waka’s powerful web manga is finally coming to the big screen. With My broken Mariko, director Yuki Tanada merges past and present seamlessly in a faithful and visually rich live-action adaptation. Mei Nagano delivers a visceral performance, displaying incredible versatility in portraying the many facets of Tomoyo, who is driven on an eye-opening pilgrimage by the suicide of her childhood best friend. Emotionally stimulating but never hopeless, the film draws lovable characters in all their humanity and sweet eccentricity.

Hansan: Dragon Rising

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Director: Kim Han-min
Country: South Kora

“Nearly a decade after The Admiral: Roaring Currents Entered into the history books as the most-watched and highest-grossing film of all time in South Korea, director Kim Han-min returns with Hansan: Dragon Rising, the long-awaited second chapter of this trilogy tells the story of naval hero Admiral Yi Sun-sin. Surrounded by a cast of notable Korean stars, Park Hae-il portrays Yi in this dramatic water-wood warfare epic.

Tang and me

Director: Takahiro Miki
Country: Japan

“In a realistic future, Ken has decided to abandon his dream of becoming a doctor following the tragic death of his father. When his wife throws him out of the house, he finds himself stuck with Tang, a clumsy robot who follows him despite his annoyance. But this droid is worth more than it lets on. Kazunari Ninomiya, the leader of the J-Pop juggernaut Arashi, teams up with the cutest robot in years…”

SEIRE

Director: Park Kang
Country: South Korea

“A Korean folk belief is that parents should never venture down a taboo path when their child is born, as this could lead to a curse called Seire. Woo-jin decides to ignore the danger and attend the funeral of a former lover, which wreaks havoc on his family. With this first directorial effort, a masterful and oppressive psychological horror film, Park Kang proves that he can do miracles on a limited budget.

Legendary in action!

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Director: Justin Cheung & Li Ho
Country: Hong Kong

“Shaw Brothers legend and true kung fu champion Chen Kuan-Tai shines in a rare role that celebrates golden age action stars of the 70s and 80s. It’s a real letter of love to the genre, but also to the crazy behind-the-scenes drama that accompanies editing a film.

Detective Vs. Detectives

Director: Justin Cheung & Li Ho
Country: Hong Kong

“Disgraced cop Jun (Lau Ching-Wan) and pregnant police detective Yee (Charlene Choi) must solve cases new and old to bring a team of killer vigilantes to justice. Detectives Vs. Detectivesthe new film from Hong Kong filmmaker Wai Ka-Fai, whose idiosyncratic brilliance has been absent from screens for more than a decade.

Popran: Bites on the run!

Director: Justin Cheung & Li Ho
Country: Japan

“Tagami Tatsuya (Yoji Minagawa) has enjoyed great success as the CEO of an online manga reading platform – so much so that he has become a colossal dick to everyone around him…Until until a fantastic twist of fate removes him. One morning, he discovers that his genitals have flown out of the henhouse! Poof! Disappeared!”


The Fantasia International Film Festival returns to Quebec from July 14 to August 3, 2022.

All images and synopsis courtesy of the Fantasia International Film Festival.